Prizes to be won

James Lerk | Bendigo Weekly | 01-Dec-2017

A horse-drawn dog cart

Remarkably Frederick Kraemer had on two separate occasions found himself in a financial bind. 

The one  described last week occurred in 1868, the second time that he was insolvent. 

Ten years earlier he had placed his beloved Sydenham Gardens and its hotel on the market in the form of a wheel lottery.

Each portion of the real and personal property, constituted a separate prize which were all to be drawn on the wheel lottery system. 

From the advertisement announcing this immense lottery, we gain good descriptions of how Kraemer had developed the assets at The Junction. 

The first prize was the concert and ballroom, with a Baltic pine floor, fitted out in “magnificent style’”. There was a stage and panoramic scenery. Connected to the ballroom was the hotel bar, very well appointed with a good cellar. 

There were accompanying buildings in two separate wings having six bedrooms and the same number of lounges, all with top quality furnishings. 

Another building which stood independently nearby, was appointed with what was described as a “promenade bar”, a Bagatelle room.

Bagatelle is a game similiar to billiards, and was very popular in hotels in the 19th century.

There was an adjacent building which was intended for dining, and a separate freestanding kitchen. 

There were several store rooms and two spacious bedrooms all under the same roof, and a stable for six horses.

A full description was provided of the gardens and the whole property was situated on the main Long Gully and White Hills Road, later to be called (Holdsworth Road). 

The other road, John Street was well formed track that led north as the shortest way to the Whipstick diggings which in 1858 was a popular destination for diggers and fossickers.

All the above constituted the first prize and it was mentioned that the relevant land titles were to be made available.

Second prize constituted his farm at Emu Creek comprising 9.7 hectares of land under cultivation well fenced and with other improvements.

Third prize was a horse drawn dog cart, together with a good quality harness the whole being valued at £80.

Fourth prize was a horse drawn dray also with harness valued at £40.

Tickets for these prizes as listed were £1 each and it was noted that every precaution was taken to ensure the drawing was as fair as possible.

All money from the ticket sales, had to be paid by the ticket agents into the Colonial Bank in Pall Mall. 

The loser in all this was Kraemer, however not for long, for only a few years later he managed to re-acquire the hotel and gardens. – James Lerk


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